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Dear fellow K1 filers (and of course everyone else who might know a solution!),

first of all, I am so glad to have found this community and I very much appreciate the input I could find on here today!

Our K1 journey so far has been rather smooth, apart from the endless waiting at Texas Service Center, which seems to be the norm for almost everyone in this visa category, as I can see from the posts here. Unfortunately, we are having some issues now, which is why I am seeking other people's advice now.

I read that the procedures for scheduling an interview do vary from embassy to embassy, so this is how it works in Frankfurt: Once the embassy received your file they send you a letter (packet 3) in which they ask you to send them your supporting documents for the interview. Upon them reviewing these documents you will be able to schedule your interview date yourself via Traveldocs. I have received the respective letter and have also sent them my documents, which I know that they arrived there safely via online tracking. So far so good. According to the online tracking they should have received my documents on July 3 and I have not heard back from them since. I didn't know how long I should expect this process to take so last week Thursday I sent an online enquiry to the embassy's immigrant visa section, which is the only form of contact they seem to offer for this kind of matter, asking about the status of my application. I did not get any reply so far and sent another message yesterday, which has also not been replied to yet. So by now I am getting a little nervous as after all this waiting the only thing I want to do is scheduling an interview date to at least have an actual date to look forward to! Does anyone have any advice what I could do, is this a normal thing for this embassy?

Thank you so much for your input!


K1


I-129F sent: 18 October 2014


NOA1: 21 October 2014


NOA2: 19 May 2015


NVC received: 4 June 2015


NVC left: 11 June 2015


Consulate received: 15 June 2015


Packet 3 received: 26 June 2015


Packet 3 sent: 26 June 2015


Interview: 28 July 2015


Visa received: 31 July 2015


POE: 18 August 2015 at JFK


Civil ceremony: 10 October 2015




AOS


Package sent: 23 October 2015


NOA1: 27 October (text and email notification), 3 November (received in the mail)


Biometrics: 20 November 2015


I-485 approved: December 17 2015 (no notifications, no interview)


Green card received: December 23 2015



January 2016: found my first job in the US! :star:

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Did you send your enquiry to FrankfurtVisaInquiries@state.gov?

From my K1 visa experience, the Frankfurt IV unit was always very quick and efficient with replies (usually same or next day). That was in 2012, though. Keep in mind it is summer and the 4th of July weekend was right after they received your package, so people may be on vacation and things may be a little slower. I would not get nervous, yet. You're almost there!

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K1 Visa
Feb. 29, 2012: I-129F sent
March 8, 2012: NOA1 (VSC)
August 30, 2012: NOA2
Oct. 1, 2012: Packet 3 received
Nov. 3, 2012: Packet 4 received
Nov. 15, 2012: Interview - approved!
Jan. 18, 2013: POE New York Seaport
Feb. 2, 2013: Wedding

AOS
March 6, 2013: AOS Package sent
March 12, 2013: I-485, I-765, I-131 NOA's
March 29, 2013: Biometrics Appointment

May 10, 2013: EAD/AP approved
Sept. 5, 2013: "Potential Interview Waiver Case" letter received
Nov. 2, 2013: AOS approved (no interview)

ROC
Aug. 4, 2015: I-751 sent
Aug. 6, 2015: NOA1 (CSC)
Sept. 4, 2015: Biometrics Appointment
Feb. 10, 2016: ROC approved

 

Dual Citizenship
Aug. 26, 2016: BBG application sent (permit to retain German citizenship)
Nov. 21, 2016: BBG approval notice received (p/u at German Honorary Consulate, OKC: Feb. 6, 2017)
Dec. 8, 2016: N-400 sent
Dec. 12, 2016: Priority Date (NBC)

Jan. 9, 2017: Biometrics Appointment

Aug. 31, 2017: In-Line for Interview

Sept. 6, 2017: Interview Scheduled

Oct. 16, 2017: Interview

Oct. 25, 2017: Oath Appointment Letter received

Nov. 1, 2017: Oath Ceremony

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Thank you both so much for your replies! It is always very helpful to hear about other people's experiences, especially when it comes down to "don't worry about it" :)

HK12, yes that was the address I sent the messages to. It might also be due to the recent strike of the Deutsche Post that they just got a higher volume of letters which they have to deal with now.

This whole process so far has been so energy consuming. Especially since I am graduating from my Master's at the same time as going through this final stage of the visa and am preparing for my final exam next week at the moment everything seems way more serious than it actually is!


K1


I-129F sent: 18 October 2014


NOA1: 21 October 2014


NOA2: 19 May 2015


NVC received: 4 June 2015


NVC left: 11 June 2015


Consulate received: 15 June 2015


Packet 3 received: 26 June 2015


Packet 3 sent: 26 June 2015


Interview: 28 July 2015


Visa received: 31 July 2015


POE: 18 August 2015 at JFK


Civil ceremony: 10 October 2015




AOS


Package sent: 23 October 2015


NOA1: 27 October (text and email notification), 3 November (received in the mail)


Biometrics: 20 November 2015


I-485 approved: December 17 2015 (no notifications, no interview)


Green card received: December 23 2015



January 2016: found my first job in the US! :star:

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I got the mail that I could go ahead and schedule my interview 3 days after I mailed the documents!

I was shocked because I thought they could not possibly have looked at them. But all was fine.

That was at the end of April, before the visa system hack and before the Post strike.

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Ah yes, the whole hacking incident might be another factor. I don't feel so uneasy about waiting to hear from them as I do about not getting any replies to my enquiries. Just to know if my documents got there safely or if anything is missing. Hoping to hear from them tomorrow then. There is no other way of contacting them, or is there?


K1


I-129F sent: 18 October 2014


NOA1: 21 October 2014


NOA2: 19 May 2015


NVC received: 4 June 2015


NVC left: 11 June 2015


Consulate received: 15 June 2015


Packet 3 received: 26 June 2015


Packet 3 sent: 26 June 2015


Interview: 28 July 2015


Visa received: 31 July 2015


POE: 18 August 2015 at JFK


Civil ceremony: 10 October 2015




AOS


Package sent: 23 October 2015


NOA1: 27 October (text and email notification), 3 November (received in the mail)


Biometrics: 20 November 2015


I-485 approved: December 17 2015 (no notifications, no interview)


Green card received: December 23 2015



January 2016: found my first job in the US! :star:

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As for my message on Thursday it has been three working days by now, maybe that message got lost somehow and I will hear about my Monday message tomorrow :D Thank you for your input :)


K1


I-129F sent: 18 October 2014


NOA1: 21 October 2014


NOA2: 19 May 2015


NVC received: 4 June 2015


NVC left: 11 June 2015


Consulate received: 15 June 2015


Packet 3 received: 26 June 2015


Packet 3 sent: 26 June 2015


Interview: 28 July 2015


Visa received: 31 July 2015


POE: 18 August 2015 at JFK


Civil ceremony: 10 October 2015




AOS


Package sent: 23 October 2015


NOA1: 27 October (text and email notification), 3 November (received in the mail)


Biometrics: 20 November 2015


I-485 approved: December 17 2015 (no notifications, no interview)


Green card received: December 23 2015



January 2016: found my first job in the US! :star:

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I submitted my documents on June 11, just when the hardware problems at the Visa section and the post strike started, so for the next two weeks nothing happened. On June 25 I read that the consulate was restarting to schedule interviews and when I logged into cgifederal.secure.force.com I saw that I could suddenly choose an interview date, which was not possible before. It was only after I scheduled the interview that I also received an email saying that my request to schedule an interview had been approved - very confusing. I did also send an email FrankfurtVisaInquiries@state.gov afterwards to confirm that all was fine and they answered the next morning.


K1- Visa Timeline
03/13/2015 I-129F petition sent

03/19/2014 NOA1
04/13/2015 received RFE

05/01/2015 NOA2
05/20/2015 Consulate received petition

05/28/2015 received Packet 3

06/11/2015 sent Packet 3 to Consulate
06/25/2015 received Packet 4 (delay due to technical problems with US visa system)
07/09/2015 Interview - approved

07/28/2015 Visa issued (again delays due to technical problems)

07/29/2015 Visa received, FINALLY!

07/30/2015 Flight to US (POE Newark)

08/04/2015 Marriage

08/06/2015 AOS, EAD and AP petition sent

09/01/2015 Biometrics

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Thank you, Rike&Brandon! Seems that I am still within a normal time frame conerning this step.

How were you guys' experiences concerning picking an interview date? Were there many free slots to pick from? I will have to travel a bit to Frankfurt from Hanover and I'd be interested how flexible these dates are and how soon one could schedule an appointment after receiving the mysterious notification :)


K1


I-129F sent: 18 October 2014


NOA1: 21 October 2014


NOA2: 19 May 2015


NVC received: 4 June 2015


NVC left: 11 June 2015


Consulate received: 15 June 2015


Packet 3 received: 26 June 2015


Packet 3 sent: 26 June 2015


Interview: 28 July 2015


Visa received: 31 July 2015


POE: 18 August 2015 at JFK


Civil ceremony: 10 October 2015




AOS


Package sent: 23 October 2015


NOA1: 27 October (text and email notification), 3 November (received in the mail)


Biometrics: 20 November 2015


I-485 approved: December 17 2015 (no notifications, no interview)


Green card received: December 23 2015



January 2016: found my first job in the US! :star:

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Good luck and keep us posted! I am waiting for pack 3 at the moment and was also thinking about emailing them because most people seem to get it within a week or so. I'll give it a few days now.


K1 time line

 


I-129F sent: 12/23/2014
NOA-1: 12/29/2014
NOA-2: 06/05/2015 (158 days)
NOA-2 hardcopy: 06/11/2015 (6 days post NOA-2, 164 days total)
Sent to NVC: 06/16/2015 (11 days post NOA-2, 169 days total)
NVC receive: 06/25/2015 (20 days post NOA-2, 178 days total)
NVC case no: 06/30/2015 (25 days post NOA-2, 183 days total)
NVC left: 07/02/2015 (27 days post NOA-2, 185 days total)
Case Ready: 07/07/2015 (32 days post NOA-2, 190 days total)
submitted DS-160, paid visa fee.: 07/21/2015 (46 days post NOA-2, 204 days total)
Packet 3 sent: 07/25/2015 (50 days post NOA-2, 209 days total)
Pack 4 received: 07/30/2015 (55 days post NOA-2, 214 days total)
Medical: 09/17/2015 Interview: 09/23/2015 (108 days post NOA-2, 268 days total)
Interview Result: Approved Administrative Processing: 09/23/2015
CEAC Status Issued: 09/24/2015
Visa in hand: 09/28/2015
POE: 12/29/2015 Wedding: 01/11/2016


AOS Time Line

 

AOS package mailed: 01/13/2016
AOS package received: 01/20/2016 (day 1)
AOS NOA-1 text/email: 01/23/2016 (day 3), actual NOA-1 date 01/22/2016 (day 2)
AOS Fingerprint fee received: 01/22/2016 (day 2)
AOS check cashed: 01-25-2016 (day 5) Got 6 month NJ driver's license: 01-25-2016
3x NOA-1 hardcopies: 02/03/2016 (day 14)

Biometrics letter: 02/05/2016 (day 16) Biometrics appt (Elizabeth, NJ): 02/17/2016 (day 28)

EAD and AP approved email/txt: 03/29/2016 (day 67)

GC approval email/text: 04/04/2016 (day 74)

I-797 for I-765/I-131 in mail: 04/04/2016 (day 74)

EAD/AP delivered: 04/05/216 (day 75)

GC card being mailed status update: 04/07/16 (day 77)

GC received: 04/11/16 (day 84 post AOS NOA-1)

DONE WITH USCIS FOR 21 MONTHS!

ROC Window opens: 01/04/2018

 

ROC Time Line
ROC package mailed to Vermont 01/04/2018
ROC package received at Vermont 01/08/2018 (day 0)
Check cashed: 01/16/2018 (day 8 )
NOA-1 date: 01/09/2018 (day 1)
NOA-1 received: 01/16/2018 (day 8 )
Biometrics notice received: 02/09/2018 (day 32)
Biometrics appointment: 02/23/2018 (day 46)
Received 18-month extension letter: 08/13/2018 (day 209)

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Receiving packet 3 for me took about 10 working days, this may have been distorted due to the Deutsche Post strike though!


K1


I-129F sent: 18 October 2014


NOA1: 21 October 2014


NOA2: 19 May 2015


NVC received: 4 June 2015


NVC left: 11 June 2015


Consulate received: 15 June 2015


Packet 3 received: 26 June 2015


Packet 3 sent: 26 June 2015


Interview: 28 July 2015


Visa received: 31 July 2015


POE: 18 August 2015 at JFK


Civil ceremony: 10 October 2015




AOS


Package sent: 23 October 2015


NOA1: 27 October (text and email notification), 3 November (received in the mail)


Biometrics: 20 November 2015


I-485 approved: December 17 2015 (no notifications, no interview)


Green card received: December 23 2015



January 2016: found my first job in the US! :star:

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The waiting times for the interview have also increased due to the backlog after the hardware problems. When I scheduled the interview I took the first available date, which was July 8 - there were only two slots remaining for that date and I did not even look at other options. Right now waiting time seems to be about 15-16 calendar days according to http://travel.state.gov/content/visas/english/general/wait-times.html/(This info is not for K-Visas, but waiting times seem to be similar).


K1- Visa Timeline
03/13/2015 I-129F petition sent

03/19/2014 NOA1
04/13/2015 received RFE

05/01/2015 NOA2
05/20/2015 Consulate received petition

05/28/2015 received Packet 3

06/11/2015 sent Packet 3 to Consulate
06/25/2015 received Packet 4 (delay due to technical problems with US visa system)
07/09/2015 Interview - approved

07/28/2015 Visa issued (again delays due to technical problems)

07/29/2015 Visa received, FINALLY!

07/30/2015 Flight to US (POE Newark)

08/04/2015 Marriage

08/06/2015 AOS, EAD and AP petition sent

09/01/2015 Biometrics

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KittyKahlohr: This may be a dumb question, but have you created an account on ustraveldocs to pay your visa fee and request scheduling an interview? Because the notification will come through via ustraveldocs, not from the embassy (at least I never received any email from the embassy).


K1- Visa Timeline
03/13/2015 I-129F petition sent

03/19/2014 NOA1
04/13/2015 received RFE

05/01/2015 NOA2
05/20/2015 Consulate received petition

05/28/2015 received Packet 3

06/11/2015 sent Packet 3 to Consulate
06/25/2015 received Packet 4 (delay due to technical problems with US visa system)
07/09/2015 Interview - approved

07/28/2015 Visa issued (again delays due to technical problems)

07/29/2015 Visa received, FINALLY!

07/30/2015 Flight to US (POE Newark)

08/04/2015 Marriage

08/06/2015 AOS, EAD and AP petition sent

09/01/2015 Biometrics

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Oh wow, that is quite an additional waiting time! At least it gives me the chance to plan traveling to Frankfurt with no pressure :D It's good that I've been staying away from even making theoretical plans, besides me wanting to spend my birthday on August 15 over there, which I should probably forget about for now.

And yes, I had registered on that website as soon as I found out how the fees are paid, thank you :) I had checked if by any chance I could schedule an appointment already without getting an email first like you, but it still told me to hold on :(


K1


I-129F sent: 18 October 2014


NOA1: 21 October 2014


NOA2: 19 May 2015


NVC received: 4 June 2015


NVC left: 11 June 2015


Consulate received: 15 June 2015


Packet 3 received: 26 June 2015


Packet 3 sent: 26 June 2015


Interview: 28 July 2015


Visa received: 31 July 2015


POE: 18 August 2015 at JFK


Civil ceremony: 10 October 2015




AOS


Package sent: 23 October 2015


NOA1: 27 October (text and email notification), 3 November (received in the mail)


Biometrics: 20 November 2015


I-485 approved: December 17 2015 (no notifications, no interview)


Green card received: December 23 2015



January 2016: found my first job in the US! :star:

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